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One bag of rice feeds six children.
The rice, fortified with vitamin- and nutrient-rich dehydrated vegetables, soy and protein powder, tastes a little bland to their palates, Harvest for Haiti fundraiser organizers Lisa Floyd and Donnie Campbell said.
But Floyd and Campbell, who recently returned on Oct. 20 from their mission trip to Haiti, said they’ve seen the difference that plain-tasting rice makes in the lives of Haitian children.
They’re hoping 100,000 bags of rice and $20,000 makes an even bigger dent.
“You can see the difference in their health,” Campbell, who has made eight mission trips to Haiti, said. “You can see it in their eyes, see it in their actions.”
Now back home in Lawrenceburg, Campbell and Floyd want to continue feeding the hungry of Haiti through “Harvest for Haiti,” a fundraiser being held Nov. 9 at Fox Creek Christian Church’s Life Center.
The goal: Fill 100,000 bags of food and raise $20,000 to cover the costs of the food and shipping.
The deadline: Eight hours.
With the event split into three time slots, Harvest for Haiti volunteers will be working in groups to funnel rice, vegetables soy and vitamins into bags, weigh the bags, seal them for a three-year shelf life, pack them into boxes, then load the food into trucks to be distributed through Mission Journeys.
Floyd said after a group returned from Haiti in February, Mission Journeys — the organization that sponsors regular mission trips to Haiti with Lifeline Christian Mission and past Harvest for Haiti events in Lexington — contacted Fox Creek Christian to see if the community would be interested in a Harvest for Haiti event in Lawrenceburg.
“For me, that’s what’s awesome about being able to bring an event like this to the city of Lawrenceburg,” Floyd said, sitting in the fellowship hall of Fox Creek Christian with Campbell before a group meeting with other organizers last Wednesday evening. “We are seeing these bags to be able to feed the children in the school we work.”
Although Campbell and Floyd said Mission Journeys would be sending meals all over Haiti, not just specifically to the village of Dufailly where they worked, they’re excited about the opportunity to talk about their trip.
Photos and videos from the October mission trip to Haiti will be shown as volunteers work, Floyd and Campbell said.
“You can take anybody from here in Lawrenceburg, tell the story, and they can physically help with the need of it,” Campbell said.
The event will also feature music and food for the people participating in packing the bags.
Floyd said Harvest for Haiti organizers also received donation items that they’re planning on auctioning off to raise more money such as University of Kentucky men’s basketball tickets, a Calipari-signed basketball and University of Kentucky print photography.
Floyd said more than 300 volunteers from Anderson County and surrounding areas in central Kentucky have already committed to attending, but they’re looking to get even more people to sign-up to guarantee 100,000 bags are filled. They’ve raised about $2,500 so far toward the $20,000 goal.
Campbell, who said statistics show that Haitian children typically only get one meal a day, doesn’t believe that Haiti needs help because it’s more important than any other country.
But if you’re hungry, you’re hungry, he said.
And Harvest for Haiti is a chance for Lawrenceburg residents to make a global impact, Floyd said.
“I strive to make an impact daily in my local community, because we all have an opportunity to that day to day,” she said. “It’s hard to put into words, but when you go to Haiti, you see the needs and you see the children. When you come back, you don’t come back with your whole heart. “
Both Floyd and Campbell said they’re planning on returning to Haiti in the next year.
Want to help?
Harvest for Haiti, a fundraising event offered through faith-based organization Mission Journeys at Fox Creek Christian Church, offers volunteers the opportunity to pack nutritious, rice-based meals for the hungry in Haiti.
When: Nov. 9
Where: Fox Creek Christian Church Life Center, 2020 Fox Creek Road, Lawrenceburg
Time: The event will be split into three “sessions.” Session 1: 9-11 a.m. Session 2: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Session 3: 3-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Event organizers suggest a $25 donation per person or per session to cover the cost of the food and shipping.
Goals: Pack 100,000 meals and raise $20,000 to ship and send meals to Haiti.
For more information, contact Jan at 502-418-3058. More information about Harvest for Haiti is available online at www.Harvest4Haiti.org.